Q: I have a paper due tomorrow and the library is closed; what do I do?
The majority of the library's resources are available 24/7 from any internet-connected computer.
- If you need books now, find eBooks. They are digitized versions of scholarly books, and count as books (not websites) in your bibliography.
- If you need reference works like dictionaries or encyclopedias, use the Viritual Reference Library.
- If you need articles now, searchthe article database that specializes in your subject.
EBSCO is a company from whom we buy databases for Psychology and Bible/Theology. It is accessible 24/7 from any computer with Internet access and can provide you with the scholarly, peer reviewed articles you need to write a great paper.
Q: What are "peer reviewed" articles & how can I find them?
Peer review is a way for academic publishers to ensure that the articles they publish meet the high standards of the scholarly community. Peer review simply means that experts on the article's topic accepted the article as quality scholarship based on content, argument, and method. Articles that have been peer reviewed are more likely to be well researched, use sound logic, and represent a consensus view of the scholars in the field. Most of the databases we subscribe to will have an option in the advanced search settings that will allow you to limit your search results to only "peer reviewed" articles. A few of the databases use the terms "academic" or "scholarly" instead of "peer review"; it means the same thing. Ask library staff if you have any questions.
Q: Does the library have computers that I can use?
The library has 14 computer stations, 37 ports to plug into our network from your laptop, and wireless access of the Internet from anywhere in the library. Each registered student has a WJU ID and Password which will allow you to login the network and access your WJU email account.
Q: Can I print/scan/photocopy in the library?
The library has printing capabilities from any of our computer stations. Each registered student will receive $50 of printing credit each year, approximately one thousand pages of black and white printing. Additional printing costs are $.05 a page B&W & $.20 per color page.
The library has a copy machine that costs five cents per copy. It also has a scanner that is attached to a computer available for patrons to use.
Q: Does the library use library cards?
WJU students and staff receive an identification card at registration through the Student Life office. This ID serves as your library card. Students are responsible for any items checked out on their card. Please ask at the Circulation Desk about borrowing privileges for WJU faculty & staff, alumni, audit students, local ministers, and Western and Fuller seminary students.
Q: Does the library have Media / AV equipment?
There are a number of AV items that can be checked out of the library and/or used within the library by current WJU students, faculty, and staff. Contact the library circulation desk if you are interested in using/checking out one of these items:
- Video Cameras
- LCD Projectors
- Projector screens
- TV/DVD/VCRs on carts
- Photography/Video lightboxes
- Cassette tape recorders
Q: Who can I contact at the library if I need help?
Library staff is available to assist students using the library and to provide one-on-one reference services including in-depth consultation in support of WJU student projects and research. Reference service is also available to the WJU community via email email@example.com, over the telephone at (916) 577-2288, and via chat-box at the right side of this website.
Instructional Service: Library tours and class specific workshops may be arranged by contacting the library.
SPS San Jose Service: Students may request to have library materials delivered to the San Jose campus. Please submit your request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Library at (916) 577-2288.
Q: What rooms are available for me to use in the library?
Computer Lab: The Computer Lab is considered a classroom; it is also available for library research and individual work.
Media Lab: The Media Lab has computers for MIDI Composition. Please use headphones when playing the keyboards.
Q: How is the library organized?
The library is organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Numbers 000-261 are located downstairs, 261-999 are upstairs. Books are grouped together by subject accordingly:
- 100-Philosophy & Psychology
- 300-Social Sciences
- 900-Geography and History
Q: How do I find my way around the library website?
Search all library holdings:
The Library Catalog is the way to search the WJU Library book, eBook, and audio-visual collections
Find eBooks only:
Ebrary - Spans all academic disciplines and offers 24/7 access to more than 70,000 eBooks
Find Reference eBooks only:
Britannica Online Academic Edition - 24/7 access to one of the largest and most authoritative encyclopedias in the world.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - Nearly 400 specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and factbooks on all subjects. Available 24/7.
Find Periodical Articles:
Electronic Research Databases - Find popular and scholarly articles on all subjects 24/7
Periodical Finder - Use this site to find all of WJU library's electronic periodicals and print periodicals by name or topic
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